Barefoot Events

Barefoot Events

Any course, conference, seminar, summit, or shindig that will help improve the knowledge and understanding of the wonderful beast that is the horse…

If you want to list your barefoot event here, please fill out the events form.


3 Day Laminitis Workshop - Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry

Date: Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th November

Sevenoaks, Kent

​​​Has it been said that your horse has had laminitis? Are you dealing with laminitis right now? Living with the day to day fear that goes with caring for a horse diagnosed with laminitis can be very distressing. The goal of this course is to help in easing the confusion, frustration, and fear. The information shared in this workshop is meant to separate fact from myth.

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Hoof Care For Horse Owners - Amy Mitchell (DAEP MEPA)

Date: Saturday November 3rd 2018 

Besthorpe, near Newark. Nottinghamshire

A day to help horse owners better understand their horses feet and what impacts them.

I am a fully qualified Equine Podiatrist and member of the Equine Podiatry Association.

Lunch included. Spaces strictly limited.

* What constitutes a healthy hoof and what does not!
* How should a healthy hoof function?
* What factors impact on hoof health?
* How do horses digest their food and how does this impact hoof health?
* Problems to look out for.

* Taking a digital pulse
* Applying a poultice that will stay on!
* Assessing and monitoring body condition
* A chance to look round a track system and see how it benefits barefoot horses.

 Cost: £50 per person. Spaces confirmed upon receipt of payment

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Brain, Pain or Training? What is your horse saying? - BHS

Date: Tuesday, November 6th 

Rodbaston College, Stafford

Sue Palmer has spent the past 30 years working in the equestrian industry. From working as a behaviourist to training as a physiotherapist and gaining her Stage 3 in Complete Horsemanship (BHSAI) she has immersed herself in developing her understanding of the horse.  She is passionate about ensuring that more people understand that your horse can only communicate pain and discomfort through his behaviour.

Does your horse put his ears back when you do up his girth? Is he easier to ride on one rein than the other? Would you like to understand why?

Brain, pain or training provides a framework for you to work out why your horse is doing what he is  So that you can respond accordingly and build a better relationship with your horse.

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Neuroanatomy in a Nutshell talk/workshop - Sharon Smith (Horse Logic Ltd.)

Date: Saturday November 17th 2018 

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

09:30 - 13:30 Free parking, easy access, tea and coffee provided.
I’ll guide you through pathways in the brain that are critical for learning, but we’ll also look closely at how the brain processes emotion and stress - the reason why every horse is individual. You’ll realise that the biggest difference you can make to your horse’s mental well-being and performance IS NOT which training method you choose. And we’ll pull everything together into a ‘Nutshell’ that is simple to understand for you and your horse, and flexible enough to work with your chosen system.

£30 (inc. VAT)

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Pilates for Horses - BHS

Date: Monday, December 3 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM 


Horses Inside Out series, the subject for December is, Pilates for Horses In-hand exercises for core stability, flexibility, coordination and posture. Gillian Higgins (BSC equine, BHS Senior Coach, Sports and Remedial Therapist, Rider, Anatomist, Biomechanist, Anatomical artist and Author) leads HORSES INSIDE OUT, internationally recognised as a leading provider of equine education incorporating the most recent scientific developments with the most tried and tested traditional methods. Slow motion video footage allows the audience to see in detail and understand what is happening as the horse moves.

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Equine anatomy interactive workshop - Royal Veterinary College

Date: Wednesday, December 5 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Have you felt inside your horse’s mouth?
Do you know what a superficial digital flexor tendon looks like?
Have you looked deep into your horse’s eyes?
Where is the navicular bursa?

An interactive, multi-station work shop will allow you to see what makes your horse tick. From a jump to a piaffe to a gallop; you will be amazed at the intricate design and function of the structures that allow a horse to move. The RVC Equine team will take you on a fascinating journey into your horse’s anatomy – you may never look at your horse in quite the same way again!

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Dissection Workshops - Horses Inside Out

Date: Sat 8th - Mon 10th December 2018

Hartpury Equine College Gloucester

Saturday 8th December 2018:The Back
Sunday 9th December 2018: The Head and Neck
Monday 10th December 2018: The Limbs

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Horses Inside Out Annual Conference - Horses Inside Out

Date: Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Feb 2019


his conference, focuses on 'Moving Forward' in the literal, practical, theoretical and scientific sense. With inspiration from experts in their fields we will look at training, technical advances, rehabilitation and the importance of well fitting, well designed tack.

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Practical hoof trimming experience  - Nick Hill and Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS

Date: By Arrangement


Whether you are a horse owner, a barefoot hoof trimmer, a veterinary professional, a farrier or are simply working with horses on a regular basis, you would have already come across different aspects of hoof care. Maybe you know a little bit but would like to expand your knowledge or maybe you work with horses’ hooves on a regular basis but would like to experience something different and gain more practice.

We don’t sell books, videos, equipment or horse feeds. We are all about gaining practical experience and skills in barefoot hoof trimming that you could use with your own horses or with your client’s equines. We discuss ideas and opinions openly. For us there could be no silly questions.

We are a team of a natural hoof care practitioner (Nick Hill) and an equine orientated veterinary surgeon (Ralitsa Grancharova DVM, MRCVS) that is based in Bulgaria. We work with horses, donkeys and mules on a daily basis providing medical treatment, dietary advice and hoof trimming.

What could you expect? The practical travelling and learning experience is reserved for those, who have already gained some experience in hoof trimming and natural hoof care but would like to find out more about some pathological conditions of the hoof and how to practically tackle them. You will be travelling with us on our rounds around Bulgaria, during which we examine, treat and trim horses’ hooves. You will see everything from straight forward trimming cases to pathologically deformed hooves. We will walk you through the process of bringing the equine back to equilibrium through treatment, diet, environmental changes and barefoot trimming. Amongst the regular clients there are always emergency cases that need our help, which you will be able to see and assess with us.

How it works We can take on one or two students at a time. We feel it is important for our clients and their horses that they have our undivided attention but also for our students to experience an atmosphere of learning where hands on is part of the training. You could spend between 3 and 7 days with us on the ground with 2 travel days. We will be travelling extensively around Bulgaria, spending each day in a different area of the country. The price includes three meals per day (all dietary requirements catered for) and accommodation. Travelling is done by car. Students pay for their own flight tickets to Bulgaria.

If you are less experienced We could also offer short courses for up to two people where we would introduce you to the basis of natural hoof care, expanding on anatomy, physiology, digestion and diet, environmental conditions and horse care. These days will be tailored to your individual needs. While still practical in nature, this type of training will involve much less travelling and will be mostly based around the ancient city of Veliko Tarnovo – the old capital of Bulgaria.

Please feel free to contact us for more information and prices. Dates for the rounds around the country are loosely set until the rest of the year.

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